Need help my hens aren't laying

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by zeprulz, Jan 20, 2017.

  1. zeprulz

    zeprulz Hatching

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    My hens aren't laying eggs I have five hens that I got from a lady I brought them home 2 weeks ago and I get only one egg aday what is going on I put a light in the coupe still no improvement the hens are 8 months old
     
  2. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

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    Hi and welcome to BYC. It could be that they are taking a while to get used to their new surroundings. Personally, I'd hold off on using lights for now, at least.
     
  3. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    This time of year, it can take longer for them to start laying. The days are getting longer now, so they will start laying soon.
     
  4. silly silkies

    silly silkies In the Brooder

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    give them food that helps them lay eggs like hen scratch[​IMG]
     
  5. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Free Ranging Premium Member

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    As mentioned previously, it may just be that they're adjusting to their new home. I've had hens take several weeks to start laying again, just from being relocated from one coop to another. I'd give them some time. At this time of year, adding light (if you do it properly) isn't going to help any. The days are already getting longer, so they'll likely start laying for you soon.
     
  6. zeprulz

    zeprulz Hatching

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    Thanks everyone ...I sure hope your right..
     
  7. ChickenMammX4

    ChickenMammX4 Songster

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    You didn't say how old your chickens are, but my almost 2 year olds haven't been laying consistently for the past couple of months. They just came out of a molt plus the days are short. Things should start picking up though. Yesterday I did get 2 eggs.
     
  8. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Moving to a new place takes time for adjustment.
    How are you applying the light?
    Lighting won't likely help this time of year and won't overcome the stress of moving, may in fact add to it.
    Here's a pretty good article on supplemental lighting.

    Scratch does not 'help them lay'.
    A balanced diet is needed.
     
  9. zeprulz

    zeprulz Hatching

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    I'm sorry the chickens were born spring of 2016
     
  10. dekel18042

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    What breed are they? Are their combs red now as opposed to a paler red or pinkish red? My spring chicks were hatched late last spring and they only recently started laying. A very few still need to start.
    Give them a nourishing balanced diet and once they are settled in, they should start laying.
     

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